Police are able to confirm that the body found in woodland by a dog walker on Christmas Day was that of missing North Baddesley woman, 70 year old Christine Ann Watson.
The dog walker discovered the skeletal remains late in the afternoon in Bracken Wood, North Baddesley.
Mrs Watson had been reported missing by her family on August 4, 2010.
Although forensic tests to establish the precise cause of death continue, police are not treating the discovery as a criminal investigation.
The Coroner has been notified.
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